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Of Mice and Men

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By John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck John Steinbeck is an American writer.
He was born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902 and died December 20, 1968, New York City. He was the author of 27 books including 16 novels and six non-fiction books and five short story collections. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Great Depression The cause of Great Depression was market crash of 1929. it was a decade of unemployment, poverty, low profits for whole of U.S.A. the economy was at it's lowest in 1932-33, followed by the 4 years of rapid growth. In 1937 it went down again to the level of 1934. Industries that suffered the most was agricultural with Dust-Bowl in the heart of farmland. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave out money to the land owners with expectation to share it, but sadly they didn't.
African American's and American's that worked on ranches started unions to fight the owners for money.
African American's were killed by the owners for trying to start unions. They worked as slaves.
The unions that were well established still didn't have some rights.
Federal protection was given to the union members except those that worked in Agriculture. Franklin D. Roosevelt Characters Themes Mice = Symbol : Friendship, Company to Lennie.
Literal : A Mice
Lennie = Symbol : What it means to a child in Great Depression.
Literal : A character
White Rabbits = Symbol : Security, and something to keep Lennie going, and colour white means purity.
Literal : Rabbits
Aunt Clara = Symbol : A mother and good woman.
Literal : Lennie's aunt.
Candy's Dog = Symbol What happens to someone or something if it's old and useless.
Literal : A old Dog. Symbols A Symbol carries multiple meaning other then it's literal meaning. Candy’s Dog George Lennie Slim Candy Curley's wife Crooks Aunt Clara The Boss: Carlson George is Lennie’s best friend and is like a parent to Lennie. George stays with Lennie even though Lennie gets them into trouble where they both lose their jobs. When George tells Slim about how he used to make fun of Lennie and their current bond this clearly shows that George is like a parent and best friend to Lennie. Another guy working on the ranch, and the one who killed Candy’s old Dog. Is only mentioned in Lennie’s past. She used to take care of Lennie, and give him mice to pet, before she died. He is a "jerkline skinner," of his group at the ranch and he is who everyone looks up to for help and advice. Everyone respects him even Curley respects him. “There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke. His authority was so great that his word was taken on any subject, be it politics or love.” Everyone on the ranch thinks that she is trouble because she is pretty. She feels lonely because she is the only woman in the story, and could’ve been an actress if she didn’t marry Curley. At the end of the story she is killed by Lennie because she wouldn’t let him pet her hair. The only African-American on the ranch. He has a crooked back that is why they call him 'Crooks'. He is also a very lonely guy. He is not allowed in the bunkhouse because he is 'nigger'. 'The Boss' is the owner of the ranch, and is Curley’s father. The dog is killed by Carlson because he is old, stinky, and useless. This is a dramatic irony of what was going to happen to Lennie. Lennie is a strong man who is mentally-disabled. He likes to pet mice and soft things, and because of that he gets himself and George in trouble. He works as a swamper because he lost his hand in an accident on the ranch. He loves his old dog, and is sad about his death. Later on he joins George and Lennie to, "live {ing} off the fatta' the lan”. A theme, idea, phrase, symbol is repeated over and over. Mottif Lennie's and George's dream.
Saying Curley's wife is trouble.
Rabbits - security
Loneliness
Foreshowing Lennie’s death when Candy's old Dog was killed. The American Dream Equality Food Fame House & Pool Money Power Democracy Love Family Marriage The Dust Bowl The Dust bowl was period of time during 1930s mainly 1934 and 1936. Enormous dust storms devastated the American and Canadian agricultural land, destroying millions of acres of farmland. Thousands and thousands of people left their homes and migrated to California and other states, where the economic conditions were a little better during the Great Depression. This caused droughts for decades, the deep rooted grass had been completely wiped out and only cracked and dry land was left. The dust carried by wind had travelled to cities like New York and Washington, D.C. and most of it was dumped into Atlantic Ocean, by the wind. The main areas that were most affected were the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, and parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas. Late Thursday afternoon George and Lennie run away from Weed.
They find work 10 miles from Soledad.
They camp beside the river for the night, Where George tells Lennie, "Lennie—if you jus’ happen to get in trouble like you always done before, I want you to come right here an’ hide in the brush… Hide in the brush till I come for you." Friday morning on the ranch George and Lennie first come across Candy, who takes them in the bunk house. "The wooden latch raised.....Behind him came George, and Behind George, Lennie."(Pg. 19/20)
The Boss comes and explains the rules and their jobs.
Then Curley comes in and picks on Lennie because he hates big guy and Lennie is scared. Candy says, "Curley's like a lot of little guys....Kind of like he's mad at 'em because he ain't a big guy." (Pg. 28) Then George tells him to stay away from Curley.
Curley’s Wife walks in looking for Curley, and Candy gives advice to the guys about her, also George tells Lennie to stay away from her. George and Lennie met Slim.
Carlson killed Candy’s Dog because it was old and useless."Well, you ain't bein' kind to him keepin' him alive."...."Carl's right, Candy. That dog ain't no good to himself. I wisht somebody'd shoot me if I got old an' a cripple." (Pg. 46)
Candy joins in with Lennie and George to buy piece of land, and he is going to contribute $350 at the end of the month.
After checking on Slim in the barn Curley comes into the bunk house and starts fight with Lennie, who grabs hold of Curley’s hand crushes it. Friday evening Saturday evening in Crook's room Plot
George goes in to town with others.
Lennie goes to Crooks’ room. Crooks let Lennie in and told him about his life and how lonely he is. Then Crooks torture Lennie, by saying, “S’ pose George don’t come back no more. S’ pose he took a powder and just ain’t coming back. What’ll you do then?”..... Suddenly Lennie’s eyes centered and grew quiet and mad; (Pg.71).He got up marched towards Crooks. Crooks felt the danger and backed up against his bunk, trying to calm Lennie, he said, “I was just supposing’.” George ain’t hurt. He’s all right. He’ll be back all right.
Candy finds Lennie in Crooks’ room and with excitement he tells about how he had figured about buying their own land, and how they can make money.
Curley’s Wife looks for Curley at Crook’s room. Crooks tires to confront her, but she turned on him, “Listen, Nigger,”.... “You know what I can do?”....”Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.” Crooks backed down; (Pg. 79/80). Sunday afternoon All the guys other then Lennie are playing horse shoes.
Lennie had killed the puppy he got from Slim, and he tries to hide it in the barn.
Curley’s Wife comes wanting to talk to Lennie. She tells him about how her life could’ve been if she didn’t married with Curley. They are talking and she lets Lennie pet her hair, but he doesn’t let go she get scared and tries to scream but Lennie already had covered her in his arm while she struggles to free her from Lennie, who had accidently broken her neck. Late Sunday afternoon Candy looks for Lennie in the barn but Lennie had run away after the incident. “I didn’t know you was here,” he said to Curley’s wife. When she didn’t answer, he stepped nearer (Pg. 92). Then he realises that she is dead.
Candy went and got George because he suspected it was Lennie. They both go out of there and then Candy tells others about it, so that no one suspects George.
Curley knew who it was, he said “I know who done it,”... “That big son-of-a-bitch done it.” (Pg. 95). Curley was mad, he was going kill Lennie himself, “I’m gonna get him.....I’ll shoot ’im in the guts. Come on, you guys” (Pg. 95). So then they all go after Lennie.
George finds Lennie, where he had told him to go if he gets in any trouble. Lennie wants George to tell him about them and other guys and about the rabbits. Lennie said craftily “Tell me like you done before.” “Tell you what?” “ ’Bout the other guys an’ about us.”
George tells Lennie “Look acrost the river, Lennie an’ I’ll tell you so can almost see it. George takes out Carlson’s luger; while he tells Lennie about their dream he steadied the gun to the back of Lennie’s head. The he shoots him, “He pulled the trigger.” (Pg. 105) Thanks for watching :]) :]) Loneliness: Curley's wife feels lonely on the ranch and so does Crooks. Curley’s wife is the only woman in the story. Crooks is African-American and is not allowed in the bunk house and reads lots of book the overcome his loneliness. He tortures Lennie, to show how lonely he is.

Racism: Crooks not allowed in bunk house because he is African-American. He has his own room and is not allowed to speak to anyone until asked to.

Friendship: George and Lennie travels together everywhere. Even though Lennie get him and George in trouble they stay together until the end.

Responsibility: George takes care of Lennie. George is literally like a parent, also Lennie looks up to George as one in any situations, like when Curley was picking on him the first time.

Trust: Slim is trusted by George to tell him about weed. Lennie was trusted by George to not to do any bad things but, it was unfortunate for Lennie because of his mental disability.

Family: George and Lennie are like family to each other. George said, “Guys like us got no fambly......”, “An’ I got you. We got each other, that’s what, that gives a hoot in hell about us,” Lennie cried in triumph. (Pg. 103)

Money: Workers on the ranch get paid $50 at the end of the month.
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